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Phoenicia Tower Hotel
Ranked #109 of 133 Hotels in Manama
Manila
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Milestones and new beginnings ...”
Reviewed December 20, 2011

Milestones and new beginnings … Leisure crowd and hip-hoppers … Rooms with
a view …






Marking a milestone this year is the four-star Gulf Gate Hotel. Its first 365 days have seen better ones and bigger profits, thanks to the hotel’s distinguished business philosophy, remarkable management style, and the staff’s enviable team spirit.

J. L. Paul, Gulf Gate’s indefatigable GM, reports a 70 per cent occupancy rate and that 50 per cent of the guests are actually repeat customers.

So, what clicks and ticks in the Gulf Gate? Guests, according to J. L. Paul, are bowled over by the hotel’s very relaxing atmosphere, highly personalised service, and rooms with unbeatable sea view, the most spectacular yet in the island.

Gulf Gate has 125 beautifully refurbished rooms and most are on the seafront, overlooking the panoramic Arabian Gulf .

Pleasure begins in The Pavilion, the bistro-style restaurant renowned for superb poolside (with the most stunning swim pool), dinner buffet, and a la carte menu. Virtuoso music emanates from the strings and keyboards of irrepressible duo, Romantica.

Arabic and International flavours are the 24-hour attractions of the hotel’s café, Al Qahawah, and in Shaminaya, enchanting Mujra dances and the finest Mughlai cuisine await the diners.

The leisure crowd gathers at Wendy’s, a cosy tropical lounge renowned for exotic beverages and relaxing mood music.

Which night creature wouldn’t be dazzled by Tameem’s. Bahrain ’s chic crowd and hip-hoppers give Tameem’s their “two thumbs up” for being the hippest disco joint in this part of the world.

Bahrain’s booming tourism industry has added new jewels in its crown, the Bahrain Phoenicia Hotel and the Al Commodore Hotel.

The four-star Phoenicia straddles elegantly along scenic King Faisal Highway and since its opening, has been impressing guests with splendid rooms with a view.

Who wouldn’t be charmed by the Arabian Gulf , glorious at sunrise, magnificent at sunset? On a clear day, the turquoise waters flutter like a shimmering gossamer fabric. Guests in Phoenicia find this vantage view so irresistible that curtains are drawn wide open in most rooms most of the time.

The spanking new Phoenicia takes pride in its 64 rooms and 16 suites, scrupulously furnished according to high international standards.

Making the traveller’s stay all the more congenial are the hotel’s fully equipped business centre, ultra modern fitness facilities, a rooftop swim pool with piped-in music and poolside amenities, ample parking space, and round-the-clock room and laundry services.

There’s the cosy and unpretentious Al Nawras, a café where brisk business is gauged by the bustle of human activity – light banter and trading of notes, and pleasantry over cups of tea or coffee. The splendid menu makes the café worth a visit.

Nightlife sizzles in the chic Layali Al-Sharq, where explosive Arabic entertainment takes place after dark. Phoenicia takes the superb credit for an eclectic gathering of singers and musicians, considered amongst the best and brightest in the Arab entertainment world.

Phoenicia is the crossroad of Arabic talents and artistry – Bahraini, Egyptian, and Moroccan – fused harmoniously to render an amalgam of Arabic music, as varied and as wide-ranging as the tastes and preferences of its Pan-Arab habitués. Arabian nights are indeed enthralling in this newest Arab joint.

The new Al Commodore is of course being swarmed by a retinue of guests and visitors who have come to try it out. There are 48 rooms and three suites, a health club replete with gym facilities, Jacuzzi, sauna room, and sun-deck swim pool.

Serving a la carte menu is the speciality restaurant, Dynasty. This new dining place is fast gaining popularity for its fine International cuisine and high-voltage entertainment by resident showband, Illusions.

Businessmen cap a day’s work in Al Commodore’s executive lounge, Pink Panther, sensational with its pink motif and relaxation amenities.

Top-flight Arabic entertainment captivates nightly in Al Carawan with the internationally renowned Egyptian band, Al Ajna Al Dahabiya.

After-dark revellers dance the night away in the newest downtown discotheque, La Bamba, where DJ Sadique spins the evening crowd’s favourites.

Making waves at the five-star Diplomat are the best-loved Pasta Fondue Night, Mondays, and the immensely popular Surf & Turf, Wednesdays.

Italian food lovers get to savour pasta with a twist, a personal choice of authentic Italian sauces cooked to perfection by Veneziano’s fussiest gourmets, the Italian chefs themselves.

The freshest grilled fish and seafood, and succulent, mouth-watering steaks go on parade with Surf & Turf in Al Warah. The diners are having a grand feast.

Third Corner recently opened in the heart of Adliya with elegant venues, namely Bistro Tambayan, Vintage Room, and Acropolis. The posh Third Corner has three levels of luxurious interiors, perfect settings to dine and unwind in style. First-rate Oriental and Continental cuisines spring from its busy kitchens, where talented chefs rule with grace and ingenuity.

Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

This hotel is tired, the rooms stink of cigarette smoke, the desk staff are appallingly rude, and the nightclub on the first floor sends out a thumping beat that kept me awake to after 2.30am despite being 6 floors above! I only have myself to blame for not heeding the warnings given by others. Cost was 40 BD for one night including a disgusting breakfast, and they had the cheek to charge 1 BD for drinking half of a very small bottle of water left in the bathroom which I assumed (incorrectly) was complimentary.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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I stayed here for 2 nights as a stopover before catching a flight. Seriously one of the dirtiest, nastiest hotels I have ever stayed in. The carpets were stained, the bathrooms dirty, the rooms smelt of nasty perfume and cigarette smoke, The Management and security was very unhelpful and sneaky, trying to charge me for things I did not purchase. The hotel even tarnished my experience of Bahrain in general. Do not stay here.

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Reviewed September 20, 2010

I recently stayed at this hotel and gave it the benefit of the doubt from what others were saying about it.
It's all true from the check in, i think the people there need some classes on how to treat customers.
I did not even eat at this hotel,much better food around the corner at the warbler bar and pub.
This is one hotel that needs a makeover starting with the employees at the front desk.
I recomend that you research any other place if your coming from the outside,if you like bad sevice and expensive drinks then this is the place for you.
This is one experience that no person should spend their money on..do not stay there....

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 19, 2008

I am active duty military and I had to stay at this hotel for 40 days before I was able to find an apartment. Since they knew I was military and that I had to stay for over 3 weeks, I was treated like garbage. They offer a free shuttle service in which the drivers actually charge you and they show up after you are waiting for over an hour. The nightclubs in the hotel room keep you awake all hours of the night even during weekdays. The staff is rude and don't care whether you are comfortable or not. Room service (when it does come) come to your room around 9 at night. I haven't seen room service here in over 2 weeks and ended up having to call the front desk in order for them to come. They harrass you continuously for their money as well. If your balance goes over 250 BD, they turn your room key off so that you have to get it turned on everytime you come in unless you pay off the 250 BD. An absolute terrible experience that I wouldn't wish on anyone. Also, the drunks that frequent the hotel clubs and get completely inebriated only to fight and cause a commotion in the early hours of the morning are also nerve-racking. If you don't mind losing sleep and being treated horribly, then this is your place.

  • Liked — Not one thing!!
  • Disliked — Everything!!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
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Romford, Essex
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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Reviewed February 23, 2008

This has got to be the most awful Hotel I have ever stayed at. It is supposed to be four star, but I have stayed in better two star hotels. We were given a room on the 4th floor, sandwiched between discos on the 1st floor & 8th floor which go on til 4am every day and as you can guess from the title of this review we heard every song as we tried in vain to try & sleep. We did come up with a solution, make sure you are so tired when you do try to sleep that eventually you will nod off.

The reception and communal areas look great but when you enter your room it is so grotty, dark and smelling of cigarettes. The sheets were worn out, the staff rude and unhelpful, the only posiitive thing was the location. I would advise you to find somewhere else to stay.

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  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed December 28, 2007

One of the dirtiest hotel ever know, noisiest hotels I have ever had the displeasure of staying in.
Room was v.bad and restaurant was dirty and there was no parking...I don't recommend it to anybody

  • Liked — location
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  • Stayed May 2006, traveled on business
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Property: Phoenicia Tower Hotel
Address: Building no. 299, Road no. 1910, Block 319, City Center, Manama 2484, Bahrain
Location: Bahrain > Manama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #109 of 133 Hotels in Manama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Phoenicia Tower Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Phoenicia Tower Hotel Manama is conveniently located near the city center. Guests will surely appreciate our close location to the airport, which is just a 7-minute drive away. It offers luxury-oriented accommodations, all of which have individually controlled air-conditioning, a private toilet and shower with bathtub, cable TV, and Internet access. Some of its amenities are swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna, and fitness room/gym. While staying here you can visit some tourist spots like Manama Fort, National Museum, and Al-Khamis Mosque. ... more   less 
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